Looking to make a difference in your community? Join the Food Recovery Internship program.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2020-2021 program!

Email Jason Flatt at food@elijahspromise.org with any questions.

Food Waste and Food Insecurity in NJ

Almost one-third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted. That equates to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food per year! Meanwhile, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure, a figure that includes approximately 12 million children and 40 million people overall.

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High School Food Recovery Internship

Are you are a high schooler interested in environmental justice, food justice, or economic justice? We need your help!

The new Food Recovery Internship is looking for New Jersey high school students that want to make a difference. Do you know that 1 in 5 children in the United States are food insecure, yet more than a third of all the food in this country is thrown away every year? Help us make sure food served in your schools stays out of the landfill and helps feed others. Together, we can help take care of our planet while also providing for our communities.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2020-2021 high school internship program!

Email Jason Flatt at food@elijahspromise.org with any questions and sign up above to receive updates for 2020-2021!

Books we’re reading about the intersection of food justice and racial justice 

The following books and above articles are what our staff have been reading to better understand the interaction of food justice and racial justice. Food insecurity does not happen in a vacuum. It is merely one manifestation of deeper injustices incurred by generations of racial, class, and gender discrimination and the systems that uphold them today. It is the failure of an entire system that incarcerates, disenfranchises, defunds, and dislocates people of color at rates far beyond those of their white counterparts. We hope these books engender changes to the ways we fulfill our mission of empowering lives through the power of food as we endeavor to understand the role we play in sustaining systemic racism and the role we must play in dismantling it.

If you have further reading suggestions or decide to read any of the books in this selection, we would love to know at food@elijahspromise.org or @elijahspromise on Twitter. Black lives matter, and ensuring true food justice within our community is essential to fulfilling that promise.

Black Food Geographies By Ashanté M. Reese
Collective Courage By Jessica Gordan Nembhard
Colonial Migrants At The Heart Of Empire By Ismael Garcia Colon
The Color Of Law By Richard Rothstein
Dispossession By Pete Daneil
Farming While Black By Leah Penniman
Franchise By Marcia Chatelain
Stirrings By Lana Dee Povitz
This Land Is Our Land By Suketu Mehta